Pocket Diapers as Diaper Covers? (Diaper Advice)

“Can I use pocket diapers as diaper covers?”

People who are just starting out with cloth often wonder about using pocket diapers as diaper covers.  After all, pocket diapers are cheap and plentiful and available in some really super cute patterns… but if we don’t have to use a new cover, then that can make using cloth diapers even more cost effective. [Read more…]

Prefold Cloth Diapers – Why We Should Love Them

Prefold cloth diapers.  Just the mention of them can bring a shudder.  When I was a cloth diapering newbie, the mere suggeston of prefold cloth diapers would be quickly shot down.  I wasn’t interested in those.  I didn’t want to use gigantic safety pins and rubber pants.  While I knew that modern cloth diapers had come a long way since my mother used cloth diapers on me, I didn’t realize that even the “old fashioned” cloth diapers had come a long way since then, too.

Prefold Cloth Diapers are CheapPrefold Cloth Diapers - Why We Should Love Them (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

If a family decides to use prefolds, they’ll save a whole heap of money.  Let’s play the game.

What You Need:

24 newborn prefold cloth diapers ($30.00)

4 newborn covers

24 infant prefold cloth diapers ($35.10)

4 infant covers

18 toddler prefolds

3 toddler size covers

Prefold Cloth Diapers are Versatile

You can do a lot of different things with prefolds.  I no longer use prefold cloth diapers as prefolds, myself, but I find them to be an absolutely crucial part of my cloth diaper stash.  Because Norton is such a heavy wetter, I often stuff his overnight cloth diapers with a Thirsties hemp prefold cloth diaper behind the microfiber insert we also use.  This is the closest thing to bulletproof we’re currently using.  (There’s no such thing as truly bulletproof with that kid.  I think he holds all of his pee until he’s sleeping and then lets it loose.)

If you’re out and about, prefold cloth diapers can be handy things to keep in the diaper bag.  A Bummis prefold would double as a changing pad if I forget mine.  They also make a handy, super absorbent method of cleaning up spills in the car and catching baby barf.

Prefold Cloth Diapers Can Be Repurposed

When you’re done with using prefold cloth diapers as prefolds, you can use them for cleaning.  They’re super soft, so they make excellent dust cloths for your high quality electronics and furniture.  They are also just the right size for a baby doll’s stroller blanket.

Prefold cloth diapers have endless potential.  What do you do with your prefold cloth diapers?

Cloth Diaper Advice, Confusion, and Conflict

There are times when everyone needs cloth diaper advice.  Heck, I’ve gotten it a time or two myself.  Sometimes there’s an issue that we just can’t wrap our heads around, regardless of how awesome we may be at giving cloth diaper advice ourselves.  There are, however, some universal truths to cloth diaper advice that should never, ever be forgotten. [Read more…]

Huge Cloth Diaper Stash, Huge Downfall #Throwback

I have discovered that there are downsides to having a huge cloth diaper stash.  The biggest downside of all is cloth diaper laundry.  Ideally, cloth diaper laundry should be done every two or three days to prevent bacteria from building up in the diapers.  Clean and frequently washed diapers are the easiest way to avoid stinky cloth diapers.

I know this. [Read more…]

Scented Cloth Diaper Safe Detergent? #Throwback

I’ve done some experimenting in the last six months of using cloth diapers.  I’ve done cloth diaper comparisons in effort to find something that works better than the FuzziBunz pocket diapers that I started out with.  I’ve tried different cloth diaper safe detergent brands to see if I could find something that worked.

The first cloth diaper safe detergent that I tried wasn’t quite as cloth diaper safe as I’d thought.  I used Tide Free and Clear (or whatever the unscented, perfume free and dye free Tide product is called).  It took about a month and a half of using Tide on my diapers for me to strip them.  I think I used the Tide for about… two or three months. [Read more…]

Cornstarch on Cloth Diapers? (Diaper Advice)

Lately, I’ve been seeing a question pop up a lot from cloth diapering moms.  Is it safe to use cornstarch on cloth diapers?

In a nutshell?  Yes.  But, as always, there are details, et cetera, to consider. [Read more…]

Cloth Diapering is a Go! (A Throwback Post)

I love finding these old throwback posts, back when cloth diapering was still shiny and new.  Before Norton was even born I was quite certain that cloth diapering was what I wanted.  My husband was less certain, but he did come around.

 

 

Using Cloth Diapers is a Go! (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Little baby Norton is modeling one of those original FuzziBunz we started out with!

I now officially have every single thing that I need for cloth diapering Norton.  I just got my last order of cloth diapering supplies in.  One thing that I love about ordering from a local distributor: she delivers it to your house free of charge while she’s out and about running errands.  Plus, supporting local businesses over big box stores is always cool.

I am now the proud owner of a total of nineteen FuzziBunz one size diapers.  However, I am also a smart owner, so I will only wash one diaper as a test run before Norton comes home.  We’ll use it and see how we like it.  If I absolutely hate cloth diapering and figure out that it’s not going to work for me, I can return the unwashed and still packaged cloth diapering supplies to my distributor for a refund.  I have a pack of size one disposables just to be on the safe side.

I’ve got two rolls of Bummis diaper liners, so I can neatly dispose of Norton poo without scraping or spraying.  Ick.  And because I’m not terribly crunchy by nature, I got a massive box of baby wipes when they were on sale.  I have the diaper pail.  I have the drawstring liner for the diaper pail so that I have a convenient way of stashing Norton’s diapers until they are washed.  And I have a wet bag to stash in the diaper bag for diaper changes on the go.  And I have the extra liners to stuff in his diapers at night to prevent floods.

I have the diaper cream (which shouldn’t affect the absorption of the cloth diapers since I’ll have that barrier of the flushable diaper liner between Norton’s skin and the diaper itself in the event of diaper rash), and the baby powder.  I have baby lotion.  I have baby oil.  And I have all of these things in a convenient little travel size bottle to fit in his diaper bag.  I’ve got a little travel size wipes container, too.

Whee!  I’m so excited.  It’s rather lame, I think, that I’m so excited about cloth diapering, but such is.  Norton will be here any time between the next thirty-two to fifty-three days.  Oh, I’m so ready. But just to be on the safe side, am I missing anything regarding Norton’s bum?

Originally written on January 19, 2010.

I’m amazed at how much things have changed in three and a half years.  Could I have gotten by with the majority of what I started cloth diapering with?  Oh, yes, but it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as fun.

I loved those Bummis liners, but I’ve moved beyond them to a diaper sprayer.  I’ve stopped using disposable wipes at home in favor of cloth ones.  I ditched the diaper pail for storing dirty diapers in favor of a hanging wet bag.  I sold that liner for the diaper pail since it just didn’t fit nicely in that pail, anyway.

Overnight diapers?  Ha.  With Eudora, that was an easy thing.  With Norton, it took a lot of trial and error.  The little AppleCheeks booster I bought was more for daytime use to give a little extra protection.  It was not, in any way, shape or form, appropriate for overnights.  I have still been known to use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, but that wasn’t the non-cloth diaper safe cream I started with.  If I have to use it, I use a microfleece liner in between.  Baby powder is awesome.  I switched brands of baby lotion, but it’s not used much, and I never used baby oil.

Oh, yeah, and those 19 FuzziBunz one size diapers that I started with?  I still have some in my rotation.  I’ve never thrown one out.  I still do the majority of my cloth diaper shopping at Cozy Bums.  I still get amazing service from them.  I still prefer supporting local businesses whenever possible and feasible.

How have your cloth diapering habits changed since you first took the plunge?

Cloth Diaper Bloggers – What Do We Do With the Fluff?

There seems to be a misconception floating around about cloth diaper bloggers.  Because we often receive free stuff for review, there’s this idea that we are swimming in cloth diapers… and since we’ve got so many diapers, we can give them away whenever someone asks.

I can’t speak for all cloth diaper bloggers, but I know that I have an excess of cloth diapers.  I do.  I’ve started destashing.  But the question remains: why do cloth diaper bloggers end up with so many diapers… and what do we do with them all if we aren’t giving them away to everyone who asks?

Cloth Diaper Bloggers Know Blogging Is Work

Really, it takes effort to be a cloth diaper blogger.  I’m not going to sit here and claim that I’m the paramount of all cloth diaper bloggers (because I’m not), but it takes work to create a blog, keep generating content, and try to get people to want to read our stuff.  It takes time to write a quality review that goes beyond “love it” or “hate it.”  It takes time to take the pictures, edit them in photoshop, set up the giveaway, and whatever else goes with it.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being all “poor me.”  The simple fact of the matter is that most cloth diaper bloggers (and bloggers in general) don’t do the work for the free stuff.  We do it because we love it.  The free stuff that we are given to try for review is sort of our payment.  Sure, it’s non-monetary, but it’s still a taxable benefit.

But There’s So Much Fluff!

I can’t speak for other cloth diaper bloggers out there, but I have a policy for my blog: for every diaper that I receive for my blog, I give a diaper (either the one I received for review or another one from my stash) to Cloth for a Cause.  The simple fact is that I don’t need all of that fluff that I have in my cloth diaper stash.  For me, a lot of the fun comes from trying new and different fluff.  Once I try it, sometimes it’ll sit and languish… usually because I don’t have anything in my kids’ wardrobes to match the diaper.  There’s no point in that happening, so I destash either by donating to Cloth for a Cause or by selling it in my local cloth diaper group.  Selling fluff lets me get money for buying new fluff.  Other bloggers give it to family members who are starting to use cloth and need to build a stash.

You Need Fluff?

If you want to start using cloth diapers and cannot set up your own stash, there are organizations to help.  Yes, Cloth for a Cause is my personal favorite (and I’m the president of my local chapter, so I’m admittedly biased), but there are American organizations out there, too.  Giving Diapers, Giving Hope is a great one.  There’s also The Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet.

What do you do with your unneeded fluff?

Cloth Diaper Bloggers - What Do We Do With the Fluff? (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

This was my stash shot as of April 2013. I’ve destashed some and gotten some more since then. Do I need this much? Nope. But 99.5% of it I bought, and it makes me happy.

What are Microfleece Diaper Liners For? (Diaper Advice)

What’s the point of using those microfleece diaper liners?

Recently, I was asked why someone would use microfleece diaper liners in their cloth.  The reasons are plentiful.

Microfleece Diaper Liners Wick

If you’re using natural fiber diapers or some sort of fitted, you’ll find that they are not the most efficient at wicking away moisture.  Microfleece diaper liners wick away the moisture from baby’s bottom.  A dry bottom is less likely to be a rashy bottom. [Read more…]

WAHM Diaper Shopping – What to Look For

Cloth diaper shopping.  It’s a fun, delightful activity that can suck up a ton of money from the checking account and hours from your day.  WAHM diaper shopping, or diapers made by work at home moms, is an even more incredibly fun task.  Depending on how the WAHM  diaper business stocks, it can be as easy as clicking and ordering.  Sometimes, if it’s a sought after business on Hyena Cart, “stalking tips” can be helpful.

Still, though, when you just start to delve in the world of WAHM diaper shopping, it’s helpful to know what to look for.  You don’t have to be a seamstress to recognize these things.

WAHM Diaper Feedback

Ask around your local cloth diapering community.  (Or your online community if you have no locals.)  Have any of these moms ordered?  How long did it take to get the diapers?  How did they hold up?  If there were any issues, did the diaper maker stand behind her diapers and resolve them?  That being said, issues can come up from time to time.  I firmly believe that how the diaper maker reacts to an issue is the most telling.  If she’s apologetic and wants to make it right, that’s a huge plus.  If she’s angry and defensive, I don’t want to order from her.  I get enough crap from my kids.  I don’t need it from my fluff.

WAHM Diaper Quality

WAHM Diaper Shopping - What to Look For (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Take a look at the stitching on these diapers. These are well-made. (Diapers are from Ella Bella Bum and Diapers by Chris)

I do not sew.  It’s been suggested that I should never, ever touch a needle.  Ugly, horrendous things result.  It’s why I don’t do repairs for my local Cloth for a Cause chapter.  In spite of my own complete and utter inability to sew, I still recognize quality of work.  Go to that Etsy diaper that you were eyeballing.  Click on a high resolution image and look at the sewing.  How does it look?  (I have no expectations of you understanding a chain stitch, a zigzag stitch, or anything else.  Knowing the names are not important.)  Are the lines straight or does it look like a drunken toddler played with a sewing machine?  Are they even?  Are there skipped or missing stitches?  Do you see loose threads?  Are the snaps straight?  If it’s Velcro, is there a hook and loop point?  It doesn’t matter if she’s using the most beautiful fabric in the world.  If a WAHM diaper shop has that quality (and then has a disclaimer about handmade items having perfections), run the other way.

WAHM Diaper Shopping - What to Look For (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

This diaper works. It’s made with a pretty fabric. However, the workmanship on this diaper is of inferior quality. Notice the loose thread and the uneven stitching. It’s still a pretty diaper, as long as you don’t look too closely at the details.

Why am I anti “handmade items may have imperfections that will not impact the function of this product” disclaimers?  Because to me, those imperfections mean that she may not do the quality control that I want.  I have diapers that work.  I have no further need of diapers.  Heck, at this point, I could have triplets tomorrow and still not need any new diapers.  I expect diapers that I buy to be functional.  But I go for a WAHM diaper shop because I want artistry.  I want beauty.  I want them to look good.  And I want them to hold up and have resale value for when I’m done.

I expect print placement to not necessarily be exactly the same if she’s making more than one of the same diaper print.  That’s a given.  But off-balance sewing doesn’t work for me… and that disclaimer means that if it works for her, I don’t have a leg to stand on.  To me, diapers with those issues are second quality and I would expect them to be sold as such.

Have you ever bought a WAHM diaper?  What was your experience?